RED BEETS & HORSERADISH

What three words best describe The Little Wretches? How about RED BEETS & HORSERADISH. Passion. Roots. Strong-flavored. Of course, the symbolism of these ingredients in a popular ethnic dish involves blood, suffering and the resolution to never forget, perfect for Easter and Passover. These thirteen songs may seem to be about old people, sick people, crazy people and people who are alone, but on a deeper level, the songs are about the indomitable spirit and humor that sustains them.

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UNDESIRABLES & ANARCHISTS

Recorded live and hot by a well-rehearsed and road-tested band, UNDESIRABLES & ANARCHISTS marked another turning point in The Little Wretches' story. How do you promote an album? You TOUR!!!!  But how does an unsigned band whose members have families and house-payments tour? It doesn't. This album languished in obscurity till the Covid epidemic hit. Re-issued at a time that NOBODY was able to tour, the album spawned chart-topping singles, extensive airplay, and a renewed interest in the band's catalogue. 

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SONGS FROM THE LAND OF PIT BULLS & POKER MACHINES

Robert Andrew Wagner was joined by David Maund for a private performance at Pittsburgh's installation-art laboratory, THE MATTRESS FACTORY. The acoustics in the room were so phenomenal that they were able to perform without amplification of any kind. Microphones were set up in various locations to catch the ambience of the room and interactions with the audience. The recording includes much of the spontaneous dialogue between Robert, Dave and the audience as Robert tried to frame each song with a little anecdote.

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WHEN IT SNOWS

The band seemingly having fallen apart, Robert began performing solo with his acoustic guitar and reworking his songs as a troubadour. At drummer Angelo George's urging, he looked a compilation of DUETS by Emmylou Harris. After hearing Emmylou singing with the likes of John Denver, Gram Parsons, Willie Nelson and others, Robert began auditioning female vocalists to be his Emmylou, a Joan Baez to his Bob Dylan. Enter ROSA COLUCCI. These songs were recorded by Michael Letter at Complex Variables Studio, stripped down deliberately in the model of Simon and Garfunkel's WEDNESDAY MORNING 3 AM. Why was the album titled WHEN IT SNOWS? Robert imagined the listener looking out the window, seeing the world covered with newly fallen snow, staying in for the day, and listening to this album.

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BURNING LANTERN DROPPED IN STRAW

A formidable business-contact in the South offered to manage and book The Little Wretches but asked for a recording of the band in its current state. We returned to the studio and recorded our latests "hits," songs that were killing it live, and we re-recorded some of our earlier "classics." As fate would have it, family-issues arose simultaneously for several band members, and we were unable to relocate or take advantage of our proverbial "big break." These recordings were forgotten till discovered on an unlabeled cassette. At the time, this seemed to be the band's "last gasp." Many thought Dave Losi leaving the band would mark its demise, his musical presence having been so powerful. 

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WHY WERE THEIR POETS SILENT?

BORN WITH A GIFT